The Words of Agur (4)

Welcome Back!

I hope that you have had a good day. My prayer is that the example and teachings of Agur will help us in our walk with Christ.

Today’s Reading

Proverbs 30:18-20

His Teachings About Things That Are Unsearchable

In verse 18, Agur mentions three things that are “too wonderful” for him. He is amazed by some things that can’t be fully understood, or searched out. After mentioning these four things, he then confesses that he cannot understand the adulterous person. In our day of sexual promiscuity, adultery is a normal activity accepted by many. In Agur’s mind, he cannot understand that way of an adulterer. Such foolish behavior is beyond his comprehension.

The way of an eagle in the air.

The eagle does not leave a path behind her in the air. There is no smoke or, feather trail. The way of the eagle in the air is unsearchable.

The way of a serpent upon a rock.

When a serpent is in the sand, we can follow his trail. When a serpent is on a rock, there is no trail unless he is shedding. The way of the serpent on the rock is unsearchable.

The way of a ship in the midst of the sea.

When a ship passes through the sea, the trail quickly disappears. When there is no radar present, one cannot know the complete path the ship has taken. The way of the ship way out in the sea is unsearchable.

The way of a man with a maid.

The word “maid” often speaks of a virgin in the Bible and I believe this text is speaking about a man’s immoral relationship with a young virgin. Why would a man forsake his marriage covenant to commit fornication with another woman? We know that the problem is our deceitful and desperately wicked hearts (Jeremiah 17:9). We know that the problem is that men are not to look on the strange woman (any woman who is not your wife! – see Proverbs 5-6). At the same time, we do experience surprise when someone we know is caught in his sin of adulterous behavior. We know the heart is sinful, but we still sense shock when someone close to us ruins their lives and marriage because of the foolish act of adultery.

Not only is the act of fornication unsearchable, but so is the defense of fornication. Verse 20 describes the woman who commits adultery, acts like nothing wrong happened, and refuses to acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Several years ago, a Christian worker disappeared one day. His wife and children searched high and low and could not find him. Days later he called from another state to tell his wife that he had ran off with another woman. He then told her that she should not be too upset with him. He assured his wife that he and his new mistress were having daily devotions! This is unsearchable! It is difficult to understand why anyone would defend this sin in this way.

While we may understand the evil within our hearts, may we never come to the place where we accept such wicked behavior as normal.

Here are some verses for you to ponder:

  • Proverbs 5-6
  • Colossians 3:5
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

May God held us to see this sin as He sees it.

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